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Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly Hardcover – Bargain Price, February 5, 2008
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The illustrations -- pen and ink over vivid watercolor -- are packed with fun and realistic details. They bring the story to life, and more importantly, bring the characters to life. For example, in a scene in a garden, Nancy's mom is wearing a cap with a pink breast cancer ribbon that reads "3 Day Race." When the family has a picnic, Nancy has a tea set up for her dolls with the table being a shoebox. The shoebox reads "Comfies: Like walking on a cloud! Size 8 medium." In the hotel room, dad rests with a book over his eyes. The title? Dangerous Admissions, which is author Jane O'Connor's novel for adults.
The plot is nice, too. It's about how little girl Nancy has to miss her friend Bree's butterfly-themed birthday party because she has to go to her grandparents' anniversary celebration. Nancy is very unhappy at first: "For the next two days, I scowl and sulk and storm around the house." But when the tiny drama queen goes to the anniversary she has a great time, and apologizes for her bad behavior.
The cover is as fancy as Nancy herself, with glossy glittery sparkles on the artwork, words and the outside border of the book. When you take off the paper sleeve, the hardback cover has the same artwork but without the sparkles.
You won't believe this, but I have seven daughters--yes, seven--from ages 15 yrs to three months old. We ALL adore Fancy Nancy. (Okay, maybe I'm putting words in the mouth of the 3 month old, but my other little girls love Nancy so much, they read the books to the baby.)
The sparkley covers are enough to make any princess swoon, but the delightful writing (so few words on a page--thank you!) and spectacular illustrations make Fancy Nancy a DAILY ritual in our house.
In her latest adventure, Nancy is distraught when she finds out she'll have to miss her best friend's birthday party for her grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary. O'Connor presents a delightful, yet very real family: mom, dad, sister, grandparents, even dog.
Of course, there is new, fancy vocabulary as Nancy expresses herself in the fanciest way possible. I'll leave it to you to discover how the butterfly theme is brilliantly woven throughout.
In Bonjour, Butterfly, Nancy the butterfly-lover helps her friend Bree plan a butterfly-themed birthday party. Then she finds out that she won't be able to attend the party because she has to go to her grandparents 50th wedding anniversary party instead. Though I had a bit of a tough time getting past the idea that Nancy's parents would forget about the conflicting dates, the truthfulness of the family relationships shone through and made for another good story.
It also needs to be said that Robin Preiss Glasser's artwork for these books may be the best in children's literature right now. I keep thinking I'll get tired of it but I never do. Every page is like opening up to a new masterpiece of detail and beauty. She deserves a lot of the credit for making these books what they are.
And what these books are is an eye-popping experience of excellence. Certainly, nobody with a child named Nancy can do without. But I would recommend them to anyone.
I am a big Fancy Nancy fan, and seeing the reactions on a child's face while exploring this book makes it worth every single penny. Quite simply, this is a book not to be missed (much like the other books in the series!)
By Jane O'Connor
Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
Nancy's best friend Bree is having a butterfly birthday party,
They make invitations and try on butterfly costumes.
When Nancy's mom tells her she can't go, because it is on the same day as her grandparents anniversary party, Nancy is heartbroken.
When she sees her grandparents, she perks up, a little. Nancy has so much fun at the party, she forgets to be furious.
I read the book, then had my second grade granddaughter read it to me. She had some trouble with the `Fancy' words.
My granddaughter especially liked Nancy's doll Marabelle, who was with her even when she couldn't be with her friend, Bree.
And she liked the words: Bonjour, heartbroken, scowl, sulk, glamorous, and gorgeous.
I loved the illustrations, the use of French words and Nancy's fancy costumes, hats and hair decorations.
We both enjoyed this book and would recommend it especially for little girls who love to dress-up.
Jill Ammon Vanderwood, Author
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
My daughter is in love with Fancy Nancy, and it's so much fun to hear her use the "fancy" words from these books!Published 1 month ago by hails28
We had given one of our great-granddaughters a FANCY NANCY for Christmas when she was 4 and she wasn't too interested. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Iris Wilson
My daughter loves Fancy Nancy and Bonjour Butterfly was a great addition to her collection!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer